NBA: Top 50 Players Entering the 2020 Season (30-21)
A couple of weeks ago, I began my Top 50 players list in the NBA entering the 2021 season. I listed my top players from 50-31 to this point. They are as follows:
50. Devonte’ Graham, G, Charlotte Hornets, 49. Ja Morant, G, Memphis Grizzlies, 48. Blake Griffin, F, Detroit Pistons, 47. De’Aaron Fox, G, Sacramento Kings, 46. Khris Middleton, G, Milwaukee Bucks, 45. Brandon Ingram, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 44. Mike Conley, G, Utah Jazz, 43. Zion Williamson, F, New Orleans Pelicans, 42. Jaylen Brown, G, Boston Celtics, 41.Bam Adebayo, C, Miami Heat
40. Caris LeVert, G, Brooklyn Nets, 39. Andre Drummond, C, Cleveland Cavaliers, 38. Zach LaVine, G, Chicago Bulls, 37. D’Angelo Russell, G, Minnesota Timberwolves, 36. Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns, 35. Jayson Tatum, F, Boston Celtics, 34. Danilo Gallinari, F, Oklahoma City Thunder, 33. Lou Williams, G, Los Angeles Clippers, 32. Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Dallas Mavericks, and 31. Paul George, F, Los Angeles Clippers.
Which players are going to be ranked 30-21?
30. Nikola Vucevic, F/C, Orlando Magic
He is a double-double machine. Vucevic is one of the most underrated big men in the NBA. He is tremendous in the post amongst other places. Nikola Vucevic can make you go inside out defensively.
In 62 games played last season, he averaged 19.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 3.6 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.
29. Ben Simmons, G, Philadelphia 76ers
Simmons can’t shoot the three-ball at all, but he can facilitate and drive the lane. Ben Simmons is one of the best on-ball and off-ball defenders in the NBA. He could be traded, but he will be effective in Doc Rivers system.
Simmons played in 57 games last season. He averaged 16.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 2.1 SPG.
28. Joel Embiid, F/C, Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid appeared to be an MVP candidate during the 2018-2019 season. However, his game dropped in a big way last season. He was very inconsistent, but Joel Embiid is still one of the most talented big men in the NBA.
He could very well be traded because he and Ben Simmons don’t fit together, but we will see if Doc Rivers could maximize them. Embiid played in 51 games last season. He averaged 23 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 3 APG, 1.3 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.
27. Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz
Gobert was very consistent last season. He will forever be remembered as the man who shut down the sports world due to the coronavirus. Rudy Gobert is a solid defensive player and always protects the rim.
The Utah Jazz had a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but they blew the lead despite Mike Conley Jr. almost making the shot. Rudy Gobert played in 68 games last season. He averaged 15.1 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.
26. Carmelo Anthony, F, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony revived his NBA Career with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has found a home potentially for the next couple of years in the NBA before he becomes a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Anthony is one of the best scorers in NBA History.
Carmelo Anthony was one of the reasons why Portland was able to get the eighth spot in the Western Conference. They lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Anthony played in 58 games played last season. He averaged 15.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.
25. Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors
Lowry is a soldier. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry has been a beast and a different player ever since Nick Nurse became the head coach of this team and Dwane Casey was fired.
He takes charge and makes his teammates better as well. Lowry was an NBA Champion in 2019 when they took down the Golden State Warriors in six games for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry played in 58 games last season. He averaged 19.4 PPG, 5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.
24. Pascal Siakam, F/C, Toronto Raptors
Siakam is a big man that is getting better every single day because of Nick Nurse. He is very young and will get better as time progresses. Pascal Siakam was inconsistent in the postseason. He is a tremendous number two option and will become a solid number one option at one point.
Siakam played in 60 games last season. He averaged 23.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1 SPG.
23. Kevin Love, F/C, Cleveland Cavaliers
Love is a tremendous shooter on a bad basketball team. Cleveland may be a better basketball team next season as long as he can stay healthy. Kevin Love can also play in the post as well and is no longer under pressure to do anything because he won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 after they came back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Golden State Warriors.
Kevin Love played in 56 games last season. He averaged 17.6 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.6 SPG.
22. Kyrie Irving, G, Brooklyn Nets
Irving is a tremendous player and shooter. He has a bad reputation of being a very bad teammate, but he and Kevin Durant will be one of the reasons why the Brooklyn Nets could potentially win it all next season.
Irving is injury prone, but Kyrie Irving is one of the most electrifying players in the NBA when healthy. He played with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics before coming to Brooklyn and he is a wannabe Lebron James. Irving played in 20 games last season due to injury. He averaged 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.4 SPG.
21. CJ McCollum, G, Portland Trail Blazers
McCollum is a perfect complimentary player in the backcourt to Damian Lillard. However, rumors are swirling about Portland moving on from C.J. McCollum. They may never win an NBA Championship Together.
McCollum is a perfect number two option and he is one of the best scoring shooting guards in the NBA. C.J. McCollum isn’t one of the strongest defenders in the NBA. He played in 70 games last season. McCollum averaged 22.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.4 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.
Sometime next week, I will have players 20-11 released.
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